2306 Tasting Notes

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drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
2306 tasting notes

Tisane of the afternoon here from Spicely, this was one I bought last week after my acupuncture appointment.

Although this says it’s a rooibos chai, it is lacking in flavors you would normally associate with a chai, such as ginger, cloves and black pepper, etc. Instead it has cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and cardamom. This makes for a very mellow concoction that’s a decent dessert tea. I guess I was hoping for something slightly spicier and could definitely add my own ingredients if I wanted to to sort of perk it up a bit. This isn’t a bad rooibos blend it just doesn’t seem that much like a chai to me. It’s fairly tasty though, I like this one with soymilk and it doesn’t really need sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks to Carol Who for this one, I haven’t always been a big fan of Teavana blends in the past, but it’s always fun to try something new. :)

I liked this a little bit better when the tisane was hot because then I got more of the cinnamom/chocolate-y notes, actually I was thinking carob. Now that it’s cooled off a bit I get a lot of the orange coming up very strongly. Overall I think this is okay but probably not something I would keep around on a regular basis…

now I’m off to do my physical therapy exercises!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
@ligongsf

i see, so this one is tisane…I just bought a herbal blend from DAVIDsTea, not yet to try…hope your physical therapy is going well.

TeaBrat

thank you :)

carol who

I keep on going back and forth on whether I like this tea or not. I always remember it being good then I make a cup and maybe yes, maybe no on the results. I think I need to really try different brewing parameters and see if I can figure it out. I have had some really good cups and then some that are… meh.

I may be joining you in physical therapy (in spirit if not body). I’ve been dieting and exercising. I’ve been walking 3-5 miles daily. :) Then I wrenched my knee the other day :( and of course I just kept going and going and going when I should have rested. Well I didn’t and now I have a very sore leg, I can’t find a comfortable position and sleep at night. I won’t be able to do my walking and I’m afraid that I will start gaining weight sitting around on my butt. Ahhh, but at least I can still drink tea!

TeaBrat

Hi Carol, sorry to hear about your leg, I hope you get better soon :)

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Good afternoon/early afternoon Steepster!

I haven’t had much time to write tea tasting notes recently, but I thought I’d brew up some of this blend I haven’t had in a while. I think I put this at a ‘65’ the first time I drank it, the licorice is very strong but maybe licorice teas are growing on me a bit because I raised the rating on this one today. Work was a bit better today, at least not as stressful, but there hasn’t been much down time for tea drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
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Good morning Steepster!
I am so happy to be at home today, I can’t even tell you. My workplace is incredibly hostile to someone with a disability which is sad for me but maybe they’ll fire me soon and I can look for a nicer place to work. :(

This is one of the teas from the Steepster select box that came in while I was gone. Normally I’m not a big fan of keemuns as they can seem a bit harsh but I really like the cacao and pine notes of this, it reminds me a bit of an Imperial Bohea that I already have from Upton Tea. This is a nice one to sip on plain, it also is good with soymilk but doesn’t really need any additions.

All I want to do is stay at home all day and drink tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Seconded. Throw in a book.

Anna

I’m so sorry to hear about your place of work – I’m sure you’ve already considered your options, but isn’t there someone to turn to for help in order to make it a more positive environment?

TeaBrat

Anna, unfortunately the people who have been supportive are in a distant remote office and my boss is turning into a complete witch so she isn’t a very good resource.

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Good morning Steepster,
I had a few cups of this yesterday at the office. It’s good as an iced tea and pretty good as a hot tea, though I’ve noticed it tastes better if you add about a tsp. of sugar to it. The base tea looks like a dragonwell or something similar. This is growing on me a bit but is one of those teas I’ll be glad when the sipdown day approaches so I can get rid of it. Working is not as much fun at typing tea notes on Steepster all day – lolol

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
@ligongsf

67, I guess, is get ride of soon:-) I am sipping a dandelion roasted root tea in tea bag from Republic, too. it has a roasted smell, but tastes quite banal. I have a bias against tea bags…does it really make difference?

mrmopar

Once you go loose tea you never go back…. well only occasionally.

TeaBrat

I don’t really like tea bags because they make the tea taste like paper, good for traveling or work though

@ligongsf

@TeaBrat, you are right…no wonder it smelled like an old bag…how about the fancy nylon satchet ones? I haven’t tried them

TeaBrat

IN my opinion the mesh bags are a lot better :)

@ligongsf

just googled it. ah, i see, mesh, has holes, lol. cool concept. will see where it sells teas in mesh bags, good for office.

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77
drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
2306 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepster!
Ugh, I have been out on disability for almost 3 months and I got back to the office today, working part time until June. I don’t know why but sitting at my desk is causing me some incredible pain. I am definitely more comfortable at my desk at home but they won’t let me work at home. I think because here I have a drafting table and a drafting chair and it seems more comfortable than being all scrunched up at a short desk.

Anyhoo, I got two Steepster select boxes while I was gone and decided to open them both up today. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a buckwheat tisane before. This smells really good, very nutty and bready. The flavor is nice and sweet. I am getting a grainy sweetness and even though this is a dark roast, it doesn’t taste like something that’s been dark roasted. I like this fairly well but maybe not enough to actually run out and buy any. It’s nice that I survived my day but I wonder if anyone around me noticed how I was so whiny and grumpy. Harumph!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

It is always so hard to go to work after medical problems. Especially if you are in pain. :( Hope you feel better soon. We don’t want a grumpy TeaBrat, now do we?

TeaBrat

Thanks, I’m afraid I have a long recovery ahead but at least I have plenty of tea. ;-)

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m sorry you’re in so much pain. :(

Skulleigh

Sorry about the painful desk arrangement :( Can you convince them to get you an ergonomic assessment for your workarea?

I signed up for Select last month, and the box with the Soba Cha was my first. I found it really interesting – more like a light broth than a beverage, really. I kind of want more!

Hesper June

Oh no! I hope something can be figured out soon, so you can work pain free!

TeaBrat

Thanks all! No the people I work with have been jerks about the whole thing but for now I’m taking a lot of breaks and using ice when I need it.

@ligongsf

@TeaBrat, hope you feel better and take it easy at work…I am new to this community and in SF too.

@ligongsf

btw, I see you are also a buddhist, that’s great. I went to the two zen centers each once

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80
drank Kukicha Citron by Spicely Organics
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I picked this tea up after my acupuncture appt. today at the Spicely store on Market Street. They have some unique blends and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blended kukicha before so I thought I would give this one a try.

Instructions say to steep this at 180 f for 2 minutes. This is the roasted kukicha and I definitely think this could be steeped at a much hotter temperature. It’s a light mix of green tea, orange and fennel and it’s pleasant for the afternoon I am having. I ended up doing a second steep with boiling water and it seemed fine that way. This is a very pleasant cuppa though it isn’t destined to be a huge favorite of mine.

It looks like I am going back to work on Monday part time! I hope I manage to survive it. I am still not sleeping very much… :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CharlotteZero

I’m happy for you that you’re going back to work…I think that’s a good thing?

TeaBrat

I don’t know, I wish I didn’t have to!

CharlotteZero

I’m sorry. :-( I also hope your sleep improves…

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67
drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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I ended up going for a walk to Whole Foods today and spending money on things I didn’t really need. Well, I did get food but I didn’t need more tea that’s for sure. ;-)

It’s strange that the Whole Foods near my work does not have any Pukka teas at all, but the one closer to my house has a smaller assortment of teas and a lot of the Pukkas. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. It’s definitely gingery and intense. I’m sure I must have had galangal before in Thai food but I couldn’t really tell you how the flavor is different than ginger. There’s licorice in here too, the tea doesn’t really need it but it provides a bit of sweetness. Also this has a bit of turmeric in it, not enough to really make the tea yellow however. This is definitely a warming and spicy tea! I wish Pukka had a variety pack so I could try some of the individual offerings without having to buy an entire box.

I don’t love it, but I think it will be good to have this one around for my achy body which still feels like that of a 90 yr. old arthritic woman. I am healing a bit more every day!

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
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This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75
drank Stanley's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I’ve already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I’d revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months ago from H & S but first I had to use a nasal spray and now I cannot taste anything.

I am sorry Stanley — whoever you are — I guess my previous tasting note will have to suffice.

Sami Kelsh

And here I am all curious about this tea because when I hear the name Stanley, all I can think of is Stanley from the US version of The Office, and so I’m picturing a tea that tastes of crossword puzzles and indifference.

DeliriumsFrogs

I just laughed out loud, Sami Kelsh. Lol

TeaBrat

ha, I never really watched that show but now I may need to ;-)

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

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